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Reliving Elvis

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No matter how much is written, or by whom, Elvis Presley remains impossible to explain. The usual “young white rocker who could sing black" is as inaccurate as any standing American mythology. His legacy has been as mangled as his career was, often to the detriment of the work itself. Yes, at the time of his death, Elvis had become (to use Frank Zappa's description) “that poor guy, that drug-infested blimp." Yes, by 1962 he had become the star of bad movies that spawned mostly bad songs.But look closely, and a much more complex and magnetic artist comes ...

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Return of the King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback

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Return of the King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback Gillian Gaar Trade Paperback; 270 pages ISBN: 978-1-906002-28-2 Jawbone Press 2010 Elvis Presley continues to be one of the most recession- proof commodities since his death in 1977. The three years since 2007 have seen books written by Presley associates George Nichopoulis (The King and Dr. Nick: What Really Happened to Elvis and Me (Thomas Nelson, 2010)), Sonny West (Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business (Triumph Books, 2008)) and Jerry Shilling (Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley (Gotham, ...



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